Steffen Peters & Ravel Score 80% in Dressage Getaway Grand Prix

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Steffen Peters and Ravel. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Ravel. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

THERMAL, California, Nov. 21–Steffen Peters and Ravel, the 2009 World Cup champions, won the Grand Prix with a score of 80.23 per cent at the USEF Dressage Getaway in this California desert community Saturday.

Steffen of San Diego, California, said that the 11-year-old gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki felt “better than at Aachen” in the pair’s first competition since becoming the first Americans to sweep the three CDIO classes at the 2009 World Equestrian Festival.

Leslie Morse of Beverly Hills, California on Tip Top 962 placed second with 73.404 per cent and Adrienne Lyle of Hailey, Idaho on Wizard was third with 73.191 per cent.

Peters, whose training methods were the centerpiece of the recent Global Dressage Forum in The Netherlands, has set the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky as his main competition goal for 2010.

However, to maintain competition fitness he plans to compete at the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Wellington, Florida next Feb. 4-6 and other international level shows.

Defending their World Cup title has become difficult as no World Cup qualifiers are scheduled for the West Coast of the United States. The rules requiring the titleholder to compete in a minimum of two World Cup qualifying events–the scores do not matter–means that Peters and Ravel would have to compete in Florida or Europe. There are three World Cup qualifiers in Florida from late January to early March.